Volume XXVII  No. 44 • Nov. 7, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Erin Richards, senior secretary, Enrollment Center

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Child care worker, Child Care Center
  • Marketing specialist, Center for Tourism Research

For additional information, review the announcement bulletin or view the ad online at www.sdbor.edu/jobopps/get_job_location.cfm.

Black Hills State University virtual tour receives award - top

A virtual tour of Black Hills State University, created to give potential students a preview of the campus, was recently honored with a four-star award by CampusTours, a national portal for students seeking information about universities.

“With virtual college tours proliferating online, Black Hills State has worked to set their online tour apart by integrating student narration and short Flash animations that help to build a more complete portrait of the university,” CampusTours noted in the award notification. “The Black Hills State University guided virtual tour intersperses these 'Flash vignettes' between QTVR-based panoramic images of relevant portions of campus. Furthermore, Black Hills State University panoramas feature narration to provide context to the rotating image. And one stop even includes a small campus map alongside the panoramic image with an arrow that tracks the vantage point of the panoramic rotation — an extremely useful feature for anyone attempting to decipher exactly what it is they are watching.”

“Black Hills State University virtual tour melds several technologies into a single informative and impressive campus excursion. The CampusTours Awards Committee found this to be a tremendous online expedition, worthy of the CampusTours Four-Star Virtual Tour Award,” according to the release.


The BHSU virtual tour was created by Paul Kopco, university webmaster and multimedia instructor, and Amber Heying, web services student assistant. The virtual tour includes student audio narratives, integrated Flash animation and navigation and user-controllable panoramic images of the campus. The virtual tour is presented in a 'guided' version in which the tour runs continuously like a movie, and in an 'unguided' version that permits the visitor to navigate the tour at their own pace.

The BHSU tour debuted in the fall of 2002 and has been updated to keep up with changes and improvements on campus. Recently Kopco added a component featuring Clare and Josef Meier Hall, the newest building on the BHSU campus.

“It is sometimes difficult to capture the beauty of a campus through a virtual tour,” Steve Ochsner, dean of enrollment at BHSU said. “I think this tour does an excellent job showcasing the beauty of the BHSU campus.”

As technology-savvy students increasingly turn to the Internet for college admissions information, virtual tours are rapidly becoming an important part of the college selection process. In recent years virtual tours have become an essential component of college web sites, providing many prospective students with their first glimpses of a college. CampusTours, a national web service to help students with their college choice, has been at the forefront of this emerging trend since 1996, working with over 800 colleges and universities throughout the United States to promote, enhance and build virtual college tours.

You can view the virtual tour here.

BHSU will host open house for nonprofit collection at library - top

Barb Chrisman, reference librarian at Black Hills State University, points out some of the reference materials available in the recently established collection for nonprofit organizations made available by a grant from the Foundation Center. The university will host an open house to highlight and demonstrate use of the collection Friday, 
Nov. 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The library at Black Hills State recently received a grant from the Foundation Center to create and maintain a collection of materials for nonprofit organizations in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming and Montana. The collection provides access to print and electronic publications of the Foundation Center.

The university will host an open house to showcase the collection Friday, Nov. 14 from 1 p.m. to 
3 p.m. Barbara Chrisman, reference librarian at the E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center, 
is also serving as coordinator of the Cooperating Collection. Demonstrations of a CD-ROM database entitled FC SEARCH and the Foundation Center website will be conducted several times during the open house.

The Foundation Center is an independent national service organization that was established by foundations as a means of providing an authoritative source of information on foundations and corporate giving. The Cooperating Collections network of libraries was established to provide fundraising information and other funding-related technical assistance in local service centers. The Foundation Center does not make grants to non-profit organizations or individuals. Their only grants are related to providing materials for the Cooperating Collections that they have identified.

The Cooperating Collections agree to provide free public access to a basic collection of grant and funding materials during their regularly scheduled hours. In addition to this basic service, the personnel at the institutions housing Cooperating Collections agree to provide a variety of services for local nonprofit organizations including orientations to materials and workshops related to grants.

According to Chrisman, who wrote the grant for the collection, a key initiative of the Foundation Center has been to reach under-resourced and underserved populations throughout the United States.

“The library at Black Hills State was designated as a Cooperating Collection because the center recognized that the nonprofit community in this region of the country was in need of the information and training to help them become successful grantseekers,” Chrisman said. “The grant provides the campus with a wealth of resources that have not been available to us in the past.”

Chrisman recently attended the annual Cooperating Collections Network meeting in Washington, D.C. to attend sessions related to establishing a nonprofit organization, grant preparation and use of Foundation Center resources to find potential grantmakers. The meeting was concerned with the training of supervisors of the local collections and sharing of ideas from the supervisors of the 44 Cooperating Collections who attended the meeting.

On-campus personnel interested in using this collection are welcome to do so at any time that the library is open. Black Hills area nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status are encouraged to contact the library for information related to grants for their organizational projects. For additional information or to make an appointment to discuss sources relevant to proposed project call 605-642-6358.

One of the major resources provided by the Foundation Center is a CD-ROM database titled “FC SEARCH.” This database helps grantseekers identify grantmakers who have typically provided funding by subject areas. A computer for searching this database is available at the library.

View other publications and resources that are a part of this collection. Additional resources will continue to be added to the collection as they become available from the Foundation Center.

Events set to honor National Guard units - top

John Fitzgerald, member of the Black Hills State University Council of Student Organizations, helps collect items that will be sent to the 842nd National Guard unit in Iraq. The students will gather items through next week and then prepare care packages. 

Black Hills State University student groups are currently collecting items that will be included in a holiday care package for members of the 842nd National Guard Unit currently stationed in Baghdad.

The Council of Student Organizations at BHSU will do one collection specifically for the 10 BHSU students and staff members who are deployed and a larger collection for the entire unit to share.

Donations are being collected in the Student Union Lobby Friday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items may also be dropped off at the Student Union Information Center or room 120 in the Student Union during regular operating hours.

Items needed include: jerky, an assortment of nuts, Christmas candy, Christmas string lights, Christmas ornaments, DVDs and CDs (can be used), hand-held games 
(such as solitaire, Scrabble, etc.), disposable cameras, calling cards, trail mix, magazines, homemade cookies, ramen noodles, Easy Mac, instant drinks, microwave popcorn, and instant ragu. They are also accepting cash to help defray shipping costs and to purchase additional supplies.

Also, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join community members and state and local dignitaries Saturday, Nov. 8, following the football game at Lyle Hare Stadium to be included in a large group photograph that will be used as a holiday greeting for the 150-plus members of the South Dakota national guard unit deployed in Iraq. A community group photo will be used as the anchor piece in a holiday campaign created for the members of the 842nd as they serve our nation over the coming months. The project is entitled "Counting the moments we miss you and the days until you come home."

Anyone interested in being in the photograph should plan to arrive at the stadium by 
4 p.m. A special invitation is being extended to family members and friends of those now deployed with the 842nd.

For more information contact Tami at 722-5935.

Fall Film Series continues next week - top

The third film of the Black Hills State University Fall Film Series, “Skins,” will be shown Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305.

“Skins,” based on Adrian C. Louis’ 1995 novel, is an inspirational tale about the relationship between two Lakota Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. A film of both humor and integrity, “Skins” was filmed on and around Pine Ridge and the Black Hills by Chris Eyre, the director of “Smoke Signals.”

The fall 2003 series will conclude Dec. 4 with “Real Women Have Curves.”

All films are shown on DVD. Contact David Salomon, assistant professor of humanities, at 642-6240 or davidsalomon@bhsu.edu for more information. For film details visit www.bhsu.edu/artssciences/asfaculty/dsalomon/fall03films.htm

BHSU assists with March of Dimes fundraiser - top

BHSU employees Sheryl Styles, graphic designer, and Jhett Albers, head volleyball coach, were among 30 BHSU employees who participated in the March of Dimes “Jail and Bail” fundraiser. 

Thirty BHSU employees and volunteers from the Northern Black Hills Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) assisted the annual March of Dimes “Jail and Bail” fundraiser this week.

RSVP, which is under the sponsorship of BHSU, provided volunteers to serve as judges, clerks, assistants and drivers for the program that raises funds for research concerning birth defects. Volunteers were sentenced to raise “bail” money which is then donated to the March of Dimes.

BHSU employees who took part in the event included: Dawn Kennedy, Priscilla Romkema, Rhonda Wolff, Peggy Buckwalter, Kindra Gordon, Hanna Swarts, April Meeker, Lisa Bryan, Ronnie Theisz, Jhett Albers, Ray Ginsbach, Patrick Fackrell, Michael Kruszynski, Jay Long, Mark Nore, John Scott, Tony Silva, David St. John, Scott Walkinshaw, Gary Hunt, Danielle Brady, Dennis Walkins, Jennifer Adams, Anita Haeder, Donna Kloppel, Shawnda Carmichael, Judith Haislett, Heather Johnson, Sheila Day, and Steve Parker.

Rita Shewmake, RSVP coordinator, made arrangements for the senior volunteers. RSVP volunteers included Gene and Jessie Johnson, Leo Orme, Rush and Joe Picasso, Lila Peterson, Liz Ruff, Bob Schneider and Anna Sherman.

Shewmake notes that RSVP volunteers are available to provide service to non-profit organizations. Anyone who is 55 years old or older who wishes to become a volunteer and organizations that desire volunteers are encouraged to call RSVP at 642-5198. 

Students host Halloween safehouse - top

Jonas Lynch, student volunteer, and Tara Parvin, BHSU residence hall association vice president, greeted children at the door at the Halloween safehouse sponsored by BHSU. More than 400 community children attended the event. 

A Halloween safehouse, conducted by the Black Hills State University residence hall association, provided activities and treats for more than 400 community children.

Residents from each of the five BHSU residence halls were in charge of carnival booths which included face painting, pumpkin bowling, fishing pond, bean bag toss, football throw, ring toss, floating duck game, prize walk, guessing game, mystery goo, 
and pumpkin decorating.

According to Jennifer Butler, the Halloween safehouse, which has become an annual event at East Elementary, was busy for the full two hours.

Julianna Tenold, resident hall association president, said, "The parents were thankful and the kids all seemed to enjoy themselves."

Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life, noted that she heard numerous positive comments about the community event, even from people who were not aware that BHSU students sponsored it. 

“I heard someone downtown say that ‘some very nice young people were doing a wonderful job entertaining the children.’ That was a true compliment and I’m really proud of the BHSU students,” Haislett said. “These students made time during mid-term season to think about the needs of the community and respond with a strong fun program.”

Butler noted that the residence hall association would like to thank all the participants. “We can't wait to do it again next year,” Butler said.

Grant opportunities available - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Nov. 5. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

The following announcements are made by the Education Department (ED). The deadline for these four ED grants is Nov. 20 for electronic letters of intent and Jan. 8 for electronic applications. Additional information on each of these opportunities can be obtained at  https://ies.constellagroup.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=publich.rfa.

  • Teacher Quality Research (ED)
    The Education Department’s Institute of Education Sciences invites applications for research to improve professional development and teaching practices. Applicants must submit proposals under one of the following four goals: to foster new professional development programs for teaching reading/writing, mathematics or science from pre-K through middle school that result in improved student achievement through improved teacher practices; to establish the efficacy of existing professional development programs via small-scale efficacy or replication trials; to provide evidence of the effectiveness of such development programs through grade 12 that are taken to scale; and to validate new or existing practical assessments of teacher quality for teachers of reading/writing, mathematics or science at any level from preK-12 against measures of student achievement.
  • Mathematics and Science Education Research (ED)
    The Education Department invites applications for research projects to improve mathematics and science education to raise student achievement levels, better prepare the general population for 21st Century work and produce enough domestic scientists and mathematicians to meet national needs. The program focuses on research related to the effectiveness of mathematics and science curricula and instructional approaches. Applicants must submit proposals under one of the following three goals; to support the development of new interventions and approaches to mathematics and science education that eventually will result in improving mathematics and science achievement; establish the efficacy of existing interventions and approaches with small efficacy or replication trials involving research teams with teachers and schools; and provide evidence of the effectiveness of mathematics and science interventions preK-12 taken to scale.
  • Reading Comprehension and Scale-Up Research Grants (ED)
    The Education Department seeks applications for rigorous research to improve the reading comprehension skills and outcomes of struggling readers. The program funds: assessments that can be used in instructional settings to identify sources of comprehension problems; development and evaluation of interventions that can address the underlying causes of reading comprehension difficulties; small efficacy or replication trials of reading comprehension interventions; and large-scale evaluations to provide evidence of the effectiveness of reading interventions taken to scale. Applicants under the first three tracks must target students at any level from late elementary school to post-secondary, vocational education and adult education who are struggling with reading comprehension. Applicants under the final category may address students from pre-K to postsecondary, vocational and adult education.
  • Cognition and Student Learning Research Grants (ED)
    The Education Department is soliciting applications for research to bring recent advances in cognitive science to bear on problems in education. This year’s competition focuses on cognitive science research to be conducted primarily in education delivery settings. Under the first track, applications should address basic or higher-order cognitive processes and link them to improving student learning and achievement. Applicants should propose theoretically driven hypotheses relevant to student learning of typical academic content and test hypotheses in classrooms, with online or computer-based instruction and tutoring. Projects may include laboratory experiments, but the primary focus must be to examine learning in educational practices or materials based on general principles of learning and information processing gained from cognitive science and test the effects of the new approaches within educational settings.

Other grant opportunities are given below:

  • Research Equipment (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is inviting applications under a revised solicitation for proposals to increase access to costly scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training. The program supports: acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is too costly for support under regular research grants. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus.
    Deadline: Jan. 22, 2004. Consult the solicitation at www.nsf.gov, clicking on “funding,” “funding opportunities” and “What’s New.” Refer to NSF 04-511.
  • Continental Dynamics (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is inviting applications for multidisciplinary research that focuses on an improved understanding of the processes governing the origin, structure, composition and dynamic evolution of the continents and continental building blocks. The program is designed to fund particularly complex, cooperative multi-institutional projects that do not fit easily within other earth sciences programs. Typically projects are interdisciplinary; dependent on mobilizing high technology tools for data acquisition in the field; include three-dimensional study of the subsurface; and involve coordination and collaboration among scientists from universities and government, as well as industry.
    Deadline: April 1, 2004, for preliminary proposals and Dec. 1, 2004, for full proposals. Go to www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04512/nsf04512.htm for additional information.
  • Plant Genome Research Program (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation seeks applications for fiscal 2004 and 2005 under its ongoing plant genome research initiative, aims accelerate the acquisition and use of knowledge and innovative approaches to clarify the fundamental biological processes in plans, especially those of economic importance. Areas of interest span genome structure and organization, functional genomics and bioinformatics.
    Deadline: Jan. 23, 2004, and Oct. 8, 2004, for individual and small group awards and virtual center awards. For more information see www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04510/nsf04510.htm.
  • Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarships (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation seeks applications to provide scholarships to academically talented and financially needy students, enabling them to pursue education at any post-secondary level to prepare them to enter the high technology workforce. Fields include computer science, computer technology, engineering, engineering technology and mathematics. Participating institutions must address program goals, which include recruitment, increased retention, student support and strengthened partnerships between higher education institutions and high technology. Scholarship recipients are expected to receive a degree in one of the disciplines; transfer from a lower to more advanced degree program; or successfully complete a stage within a degree program that marks a point of unusually high attrition at that institution.
    Deadline: Dec. 3 for letters of intent and Jan. 28, 2004, for applications. Go to www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04506/nsf04506.htm for more information.
  • Environmental Molecular Science Institutes (NSF/DoE)
    The National Science Foundation and the Energy Department are seeking applications for academic interdisciplinary group projects to increase molecular-level understanding of natural environmental processes and those influenced by human activities. Appropriate topics include: environmental impacts of energy production; benign chemical and materials synthesis and processing for pollution prevention; and the development and distribution of plant nutrients.
    Deadline: Jan. 26, 2004, for letters of intent and March 8, 2004, for applications. Go to www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04509/nsf04509.htm for more information.
  • IMLS Program to Recruit and Educate Librarians for the 21st Century
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that the FY2003 budget includes a $9.9 million initiative to recruit and train librarians. IMLS estimates as many as 58 percent of all current professional librarians will retire by 2019. In 2004, the first year of funding, IMLS has identified its funding priorities: to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians by increasing students enrolled in graduate programs; to develop faculty to educate the next generation of library professionals, in particular by increasing the number of doctoral students in library programs; to enable pre-professional library staff to transition to librarianship, especially in underserved areas; to provide the library community with information to support successful recruitment and training through funded research and evaluation of current programs. Applicants are required to provide matching funds for at least half the total cost.
    Deadline: Jan. 15, 2004. Go to www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_bdre.htm for more information.

Faculty research funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, or can be printed from the committee website.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites or research support for the production of creative work. Preference is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities.

The next application deadline is Monday, Dec. 8 at noon. Applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup; Earl Chrysler; Tom Cox; Abdollah Farrokhi (chair); Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow; Shane Sarver; and Rob Schurrer.

Instructional improvement grants available - top

The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.

Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU. 

Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three years. In the other categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year. 

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The next meeting of the committee will be held Monday, December 1, 2003. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 24, 2003. Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 309. Proposals will consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available on the grants and special projects web page

Faculty Research Grants available from the Chiesman Endowment - top

The Black Hills State University Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy is seeking applications from BHSU faculty members interested in pursuing research in the areas of democracy, civic education, law-related education, or the promotion of democratic principles and ideals. The endowment will award two (2) stipends of up to $6,000 each to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • The research or scholarly activity focuses on the intent of the Chiesman Endowment. The Chiesman Endowment is seeking research and publication on topics related to the promotion, study, and preservation of democracy and democratic ideals.
  • The findings will be submitted for publication in a national journal or magazine within one year of the award of the stipend unless other arrangements are made.
  • A proposal, which will serve as an application, must be submitted to the BHSU Office of Grants and Special Projects by Jan. 15, 2004. The Office of Grants and Special Projects will forward the proposal to the Chair of the Chiesman Endowment Committee for review and approval for funding. The announcement of awards will be made on March 14, 2004.
  • The proposal must contain the name or names (if it is a joint project) of the investigators, the research question or problem, a proposed methodology, a statement of relevancy to how the project will promote or preserve democratic ideals and principles, a proposed budget, and finally, a statement on where the results will be published or presented. The proposal should not exceed three pages (double spaced).

Proposals should be submitted to Sharon Hemmingson, interim director of the Grants and Special Projects Office, by mail at Black Hills State University, 1200 University Unit 9504, Spearfish, SD 57799-9504; email at sharonhemmingson@bhsu.edu; or fax at 642-6193. Proposals may also be submitted online.

Contact George Earley, chair of the BHSU Chiesman Endowment Committee, at georgeearley@bhsu.edu or 642-6270 with questions. 

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